Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Richwood Fibre Internet Initiative

    Dear Richwooders, kindly join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/richwood.fibre/ if you are interested in receiving faster, better & cheaper internet via a fibre connection to your home (FTTH).
    Let's use that Group to organise ourselves as a collective and finally get heard by last-mile fibre providers such as: Vumatel, Frogfoot or Octotel.

    What is Fibre Internet?

    Traditionally your home is connected via a copper-line (Telkom owned) to a network. That copper-line is not only used for your telephone (POTS - plain old telephone system) but also for data (ADSL/VDSL).

    Fibre Internet - or better known as "Fibre to the Home" (FTTH) connects homes via a fibre optic cable network. It is completely digital and meant to only transport digital data, with voice/telephone being done via data as well (VOIP).

    You can completely get rid of your Telkom line once you switch over to fibre.

    Why do I need it?

    Fibre is a much more reliable medium than copper. Data on a fibre optics cable has less interference and can transport much more data. In short, some of the key advantages:

    • higher bandwidths possible than any other medium
    • no interference, no matter how far your home is to the next connecting point
    • lowest possible latency
    • ideal for Netflix!

    Why should I get it?

    Apart from the general advantages above, specifically for us Richwooders we would benefit greatly from:
    • higher internet speeds
    • generally cheaper data packages
    • more reliable connection
    • freedom of choice on data packages (as this is offered by various competing companies)

    How can I get Fibre Connected?

    1. Join our Facebook Group so we can quantify people who are interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/richwood.fibre/
    2. Show Interest for Octotelhttps://www.octotel.co.za/coverage-map/ (Enter your address to get started -> Show your Interest -> Fill in your details)
    3. Show Interest for Frogfoot (we are still working on getting their contact details)
    4. Show Interest for Vumatelhttps://vumatel.co.za/coverage (Enter your address -> Show my Interest -> Enter details)

    When will Richwood be connected to the Fibre Internet?

    Unfortunately we can not give any ETA yet. The Facebook Group was created to connect with people with the same interests. Installing FTTH is unfortunately not cheap and roads have to be dug up, which is why we need to show greater interest towards companies such as Vumate, Frogfoot or Octotel so they will invest in our neighbourhood.

    The good news: Richwood is surrounded on both roads (N7 + Tygerberg Valley Rd) with Dark Fibre. Additionally surrounding areas are already getting connected (Table View, Burgundy Estate, Bothasig, etc.) - so technically and physically it is very much possible.

    It's now on ISPs to catch-up on our area.

    What is it going to cost me?

    Packages will differ depending on which provider will connect our neighbourhood. As an example though:
    • 20 Mbit Wifi from Wibre/PCN: R1553 per month (uncapped)
    • 90 Mbit LTE from Telkom: R799 per month (capped + throttled after certain usage, speeds will vary)
    • 40 Mbit VDSL from Afrihost: R1767 per month (uncapped) 
    • 100/100 Mbit Fibre from Frogfoot + PCN: R999 per month (uncapped)
    It is very clear that Fibre will give the cheapest, fastest and most reliable internet connection compared to other mediums.

    What are the alternatives?

    Check out the following blog-post for more information on alternative internet solutions to fibre for our area.

    Lets though pray that we won't have to use an alternative for too much longer ;)


    1. Any news on Fibre in Richwood yet?

    2. Unfortunately no positive news yet. We almost reached 50% signatures for Vumatel, but we will still need approx 200 more.

      Looks like Fibre for Richwood will only get interesting once other more larger suburbs are connected.

    3. You could contact me for a Wireless Broadband Solution in the interim, you might not even move over as many of our clients have moved over and then back to us. We cover Richwood and have quite a few clients already in the suburb... including myself.

      076 728 0160

    4. Hi

      I showed my interest for Vumatel and it says its on 107% signatures and 0 more is required.

      What does that mean for Richwood?

    5. 100% signups . now we wait for the next step

    6. Hi

      Vumatel personnel was in Richwood yesterday, only useful information I acquired from them was that the planned completion date is August 2019, no set date.

      Starting date will happen within the next 2 weeks in Annandale drive and Richwood Ave.

    7. This is great news! I enquired to my ISP about internet options and they offered Cell C LTE. For 200 GB its R899 which is the same price for Vumatel Fiber Uncapped 20Mbps and no throttling. Seems the application to stop the Cell C tower failed. Thank you anonymous for the update.

    8. No prob Trevino.

      Update: Trenching will start today in Annandale Drive